(noun) “[T]he part a recurrent activity plays in the social life as a whole and the contribution it makes to structural continuity” (OpenStax College 2012).
Audio Pronunciation: (func·tion)
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- Plural: functions
- Dysfunctions and functions along with latent and manifest functions were theorized by Robert Merton (1910–2003) in Social Theory and Social Structure (1949, revised in 1957 and 1968).
OpenStax College. 2012. “Theoretical Perspectives.” Connexions. October 9, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42792/1.6/).